Reflexionando sobre los Días Festivos del 5 de Mayo al Día de las Madres

“¡FELIZ 5 DE MAYO!” me dijo una persona afroamericana en 1998 cuando yo recién había inmigrado del estado de Michoacán, México.  Yo amablemente conteste “Gracias” sin saber realmente por qué celebramos el 5 de mayo ya que en Michoacán, este no es un día de celebración. Me di cuenta de que, por mi origen mexicano, yo daba la impresión de que yo celebraba este día. Otra persona me dijo que comería comida mexicana este día para celebrar el día de la independencia de México. Yo estaba muy confundida con el malentendido del porque la gente americana celebraba este día.

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Let's Get PHYSICAL

What does it mean to be on a journey to physical vitality? Physical Vitality is the health and well-being of your body. It’s the Vitality Domain that focuses on how you want your body to look and feel. It also addresses your attitudes and habits regarding nutrition, exercise, sleep and mindfulness. What really motivates us to take care of our bodies physically? What tips or tools assist us with staying fit? And, as I’ve been thinking about lately, how have our bodies changed over time?

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Being Spider Woman: Transformative Change from the Inside Out

We are in a time of collective movement around the lifting of veils and the illumination of shadows.  You would have to be trying very hard to remain ignorant to the emergence of these stories that were once silenced coming into voice.  It is a strong, potent, rattling, traumatizing event that is still in its beginning stages as we have so many stories to hear, so much untold that deserves Truth and Reconciliation.  

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Living the Protective Factors: Way 3

What if building the Protective Factor of resilience is less about discipline and skill building and more about radical self-empathy? Being your own best friend. Suspending self-doubt. Making brave choices to validate your own feelings, forgive your mistakes, and trust your soul’s guidance. If you are not a toxic narcissist, if you spend a lot of your time and energy caring for and about other people’s needs, then it’s very possible that your resilience will be enhanced by giving yourself permission to focus on your peace. 

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DIY Parenting When Your Kid is Struggling

When I need to fix something in my house or on my car, I generally go to YouTube and search for videos that can help show me how to do it. I follow the steps…very carefully; watching each detail with extra care, because I don’t want to break something or kill myself. Yes, that’s how adept I am…there’s always still a fear I’ll kill myself changing an electrical outlet; yet I persist. At the end of the project, I flip the switch or turn over the car and I’m absolutely amazed that it worked. What a great feeling!

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Introducing Moving Forward Cafés: Conversations to Promote Recovery and Well-Being

In 2016, Vivek H. Murthy was the first U.S. surgeon general to release a report focused on substance addiction. In the report, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health,” Murthy reveals that one in seven Americans will face substance addiction in their lifetime, and only one in ten of those people will receive treatment. We recognize the increased national attention to addiction and also the reality that many families and communities have been struggling for a long time without adequate support and resources. Be Strong Families has been approached by agencies in the recovery community to adapt Vitality and Parent Cafés with a specific focus on peer-to-peer conversations to support the recovery process.

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Meet the Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Groups!

This week, we are highlighting the work of the Be Strong Families Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Groups (RPEAs). RPEAs are made up of parents who are ready to be the architects of change in the lives of children and families who have been trained in Parent Cafés and are committed to building Protective Factors. They model the Be Strong Families vision of parent leadership. The parent leaders share their own story of Parent Cafés and the power of meaningful parent engagement, and have the opportunity to weigh in on a national agenda and local work through delivering Parent Cafés, piloting and giving feedback around new trainings and Cafés and bringing parent issues and concerns to the table. There are RPEAs currently in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with groups to come soon in Oakland, Peoria, Pasadena-Altadena, and Washington, D.C.

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Deeds speak louder than words…right? Or maybe not... / Los hechos hablan más que las palabras ... ¿verdad? O tal vez no...

“Obras son Amores No Buenas Razones” (Deeds Speak Louder than Words) … my mom, Ana Maria Gomez, used to say emphatically to my siblings and me a lot! I am a father who doesn’t say much, talk a lot about love, or expresses how much I love my family and friends… But oh man, do I enjoy it every time my wife or my children or my friends tell me they love me!

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